Skip to comments.Dennis Prager: Astrodome inadequate. Take the Katrina victims into your home
Posted on 09/02/2005 11:18:26 AM PDT by EveningStar
Dennis Prager has just suggested that folks open up their homes to Katrina victims. Invite them to stay there for a month. The Astromdome is not the place to house people. The state is not the proper entity to take care of these victims. The citizens should do it. Dennis himself is going to open up his home to a family.
Dennis is a great person.
FEMA is nuts..its still hurricane season..what will happen if a hurricane hits that area? move them away from the coast
I would not take in just any random evacuee because my first responsibility is to my wife and children. I would not be able to take in a suspicious person and leave for work in the morning in good conscience.
There is a grassroots movement here in San Antonio( and surrounding area) to house some of the people coming into San Antonio. Some are worried about who these people are( are they the mutts shooting the relief workers etc) but most everyone else is seriously discussing it. Let's hope half of the ones who claim to be willing to help actually will
This will probably happen over time. As relief workers get to know who they are dealing with. They can figure out who can be trusted and place them.
Without the hurricane the good citizens of NO committed 7X more murder than any other city in the U.S. I don't think I'd take them in for coffee much less for a month.
And the residents could get some sort of Workfare maintaining the places.
That can be done too and it probably will be.
I am sorry but I've seen with my own eyes what these people will do. They are not my neighbors. And will not be.
Spread the word!!
Methinks good old Dennis needs to give his address out to the internet so everyone will know where to bed down.
Lots of professional people have lost everything. Some are managers, some may even have owned their own businesses. This tragedy cuts across all classes.
The fact remains that anyone who invites a complete stranger into their home in this day and age, questions unasked, is putting their family in danger.
I would guess that at least 10% of the evacuees have been through the criminal justice system at some point and I would like to know whether I have a violent offender on my hands before I billet him.
I'm willing to take somebody in. But it's going to be a "trust, but verify" thing.
Dennis has already said that he will take in some people for a month. He is sincere.
Sounds like something my husband would offer up, too.
Much, much better idea than private homes. Comfortable enough to be relief from the storm, yet not so comfortable as to become permanent (though some will try to make it so). A centralized place to deal with medical, psychological, and other storm related problems. Yeah, some would call them "Internment Camps", but if a cot of my own was home when I was in Uncle Sams Army, a cot of their own is better than the Astro-Turf of the Astrodome.
However, I can't take just any four people for the reasons I described.
How easy would it be to do background checks. I know that may sound callous, but sadly, that's what you have to do. Would I just need to get a SSN from the person? Or are their agencies that can do that work up front? I'm just trying to do some research.
I said the same thing before the hurricane to some of my wealth friends. They told my I was crazy and they pay taxes to the cover those problems.
I said the President and VP should set the example and invite a family into each of the peoples house for a while and the just didn't get it.
Dennis Prager is right!
If you have the room I endorse the idea and Jesse Jackson, Rev. Sharpton and the Black Caucus should open their homes, I'm sure their big enough.
They'd slit all your throats and assume your identities... the libs call it 'self-determination'.
You're a good person. :)
Dennis is nuts... Have you seen the people from New Orleans. I think Prager should lead the way on this....
Don't mean to be a spoil sport, but here in NY, once an individual is given access to your home, it takes a stick of judicial dynamite to get them out when asked to leave. And there are tons of lawyers who would be panting to take the case, pro bono.
Inviting a stranger into your home puts you at risk for petty theft, violent crime and everything in between, experts say. Among the precautions they recommend for anyone considering doing so:
Formulate a series of questions to ask people, preferably ones that speak to their character. Where did they come from? Were they working? If so, where? Did they attend a church? Can anyone vouch for them?
Lay out your expectations. How long are you willing to house someone? Are any places in the home off-limits? Will they have access to all food? Will they be allowed to drink alcohol? Can they come and go as they please? Consider putting everything in writing, then signing it.
Make sure you are in a position to help before you offer anything. If your heart is bigger than your resources, it can frustrate those you try to help.
Know that not taking someone into your home doesn't eliminate your ability to help.
SOURCES: Jon Edmonds, former president and CEO of the Foundation for Community Empowerment; Omar Jahwar, executive director of the nonprofit youth group Vision Regeneration
One problem is the young mother's boyfriend, brothers and cousins. If I lived close, I think we still would take in someone.
Roger that. And one requirement that I will make is just as I help them, while they stay with us, they help others who are not as fortunate. If everyone took this approach, we can whip this thing. Pay it Forward!
There is lots of room in N. California near Manzanar.
Ooh, I forgot about that, too.
A lot of nasty problems that's caused many good-hearted people.
Dennis is leading the way. He is opening up his own home.
I'm sure that most of the NO victims are decent people.
You first, Dennis.
Thanks for the info. Damn lawyers. I suppose now I have to draw up some kind of contract and all that mumbo jumbo.
Ok, for whom? Harry Connick Jr and his supermodel wife?
The response to that would be similar to the one I heard quite frequently when I worked in construction: "Who do I look like to you? Kunta Kinte?"
Thanks, sink. Good advice. Dennis himself has recommended that people who take others in set an absolute limit of one month.
He has said that he is doing just that.
And in NY, no contract of any kind matters much anyway - one of the reasons why rent is so high in non-rent-controlled properties in NYC is because it is quite easy to go two years without paying rent before you are evicted.
As long as the tenant does not care about their credit rating they can force a landlord to house them for two years or more if the landlord is foolish enough to sign a lease with them.
No, it's called personal responsibility.
You must therefore mean that every evacuee is a rapist, murderer and / or thief. Surely you do not mean that?
If you could find a way to discern who the criminals are and who the regular folks are, would you still change sides on the street and leave the people to languish?
The only way to discern is to investigate.
Do you care enough to investigate?
No way! I value my life and property too damn much! I don't even want the lowlifes of NO in my complex. Military bases and tent cities will do then just fine until jobs can be found for them.
I was thinking the same thing.